What are Essential Oils?
Long Story Short…
Essential oils are aromatic compounds that are found in the seeds, bark, steams, roots, flowers and other parts of plants.
Each essential oil is made up of a wide variety of functional chemical constituents that give each oil its unique aroma and beneficial properties.
Basically, these oils are Mother Nature’s tool kit.
She invented these oils to protect the plant and make then better when they are sick or under threat.
Essential oils work the same way in a plant, as blood does in a human. When you cut yourself, blood comes out of the cut. The blood cleanses the wound and kills bacteria so that regeneration of the tissue can begin. Just like when plant gets cut, resin (the oil of the planet )is released. Basically, the essential oil is the plants’ immune system fighting back.
Blood is a transporter, carrying nutrients to the cells. Oxygen is the constituent of blood that delivers the blood through the cell walls. When oxygen is taken out of the blood, the cells mutate and give off a toxic gas. This, then, creates a host condition that will breed disease.
It’s the same with plants. Oils serve as the defence system in plants. The oils oxygenate the plant and carry nutrients, vital elements and chemical constituents to every cell in the plant. They contain each of the plant’s healing nutrients including trace minerals, vitamins, hormones, amino acid precursors and other components. They give the plant the ability to destroy infections, stave off infestations, initiate and maintain growth and repair structural damage. The essential oil of the plant is literally the life force of the plant.
So, as you can see, there’s much more to essential oils than pretty smells, although that is a huge bonus!
You might know about the ‘typical’ essential oils uses.
- Lavender for sleep
- Tea tree for all things cuts and scrapes
- Peppermint patties (yes they have essential oil in them)
But we use Lavender when picking the last of the zucchini’s off the plants and you come out covered in a red itchy rash. Tea Tree has had a workout in an anti-nit spray over the last couple of years. And Peppermint is the best get-up-and-go-caffine-replacement EVER!
What might also surprise you, is that not only is Oregano what makes “mum’s spaghetti” your all-time favourite meal, but it is also what I chuck in the diffuser when there’s been snot lingering in our house, it gets a work out when a temporary ear ache is popping up and becomes a hardcore surface spray. Tell me, would you put your current surface spray (you know the one I’m talking about) in your spaghetti sauce? Didn’t think so.
Now, there’s something we need to talk about. You don’t just get any old Oregano oil and stick it in your spaghetti. I align myself with dōTERRA essential oils because they are the purest in the world and are of the highest quality. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not keen on ingesting synthetic compounds? You?